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    St. Patrick’s Day Cookies

     

    Maybe it’s just me, but one of my favorite ways to celebrate any holiday is to turn it into an excuse to bake something delicious and fun. St. Patrick’s Day is no exception! What a great excuse to break out the green food coloring and shamrock cookie cutters! Here is a fun recipe for some delicious St. Paddy’s Day cookies:

    Cookies:

    1 1/2 cups butter, softened (not melted!)
    2 cups sugar
    4 eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    5 cups all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt

    Directions:
    In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until they are smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Then, stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill the dough for at least one hour in the refrigerator.
    Preheat oven to 400 °F. Roll out the dough on a surface sprinkled with a mixture of powdered sugar and flour. Use your favorite shamrock, leprechaun or other St. Patrick’s Day-themed cooking cutters to cut the dough into shapes. The cookies should be one inch apart on your cookie sheet.
    Bake 6 to 8 minutes until you see them turning a light golden color on the edges. Do not decorate them until they are completely cooled!

    Icing:

    3 tablespoons meringue powder
    4 cups powdered sugar
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    6 tablespoons water (add them one at a time, not all at once, because the amount needed may vary)

    Green food coloring


    Directions:
    Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl. Beat on high for at about 10 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
    Divide and color as desired. Add more water as needed for flooding or more sugar if you get a little heavy handed with the water.

    You can separate your icing into several different bakers’ bags (or even just snip the corner off of a plastic bag) and add varying amounts of food coloring to create different shades of green. You can decorate them however you want to, they will taste delicious!

     


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